Everyone’s got one.
Dana (our go-to skin expert) is going to cover some of the most common skin types and offer up a few suggestions for how we can be taking care of what we got.
If you're new to skin care, a good starting point is becoming familiar with your skin type. This is important because it will help you select the right kinds of products to keep your skin its healthiest.
There are five skin types - sensitive, dry, normal, combination, and oily. There are also multiple skin conditions that any of the five skin types may experience. Examples of skin conditions would be acne, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, etc.
Sensitive skin is genetic and characterized by redness, dry patches, and easily irritated by skin care products—including laundry detergents, perfumes, etc.
Sensitive skin is often thinner, so blood vessels are closer to the skin's surface, hence the appearance of redness. The skin's natural barrier isn't functioning optimally, so it isn't as protective as it should be. This allows irritants, bacteria, and allergens to penetrate the skin easier.
You may have sensitive skin if:
- Your skin feels irritated or becomes red after touching it (i.e., cleansing)
- You may get hives or a rash on occasion.
- You can't use heavily fragranced products.
Ours recs for sensitive skin:
Essentially, dry skin underproduces oil. It will have tiny pores all over the entire face and may appear smooth in texture. Dry skin types may also experience flakiness, itchiness, dullness, and even become irritated or pink from the dryness. Dry skin is usually consistent year-round and may become worse in cold weather. It's common for the entire body, face, and scalp to be dry as well.
You may have dry skin if:
- You have tiny pores
- Your skin can sometimes look flakey, dull, or feel tight all over
Ours recs for dry skin:
Normal skin has the ideal balance of oil production. Not too dry, not too oily. Generally, this skin type may have a few enlarged pores but overall an even tone and smooth to the touch. Normal skin can typically tolerate an array of skin care products without being too bothered.
You may have normal skin if:
- Your skin doesn't feel oily or dry and feels balanced all over.
Ours recs for normal skin:
With combination skin, the face has areas both dry and oily. Pores are usually larger and produce more oil in some areas of the face like the chin, forehead, and nose, often referred to as the "t-zone."
The t-zone area usually becomes oily and shiny by mid to end of the day, while the cheeks tend to be dry. It's not unusual for this skin type to produce blackheads in the areas that make excess oil.
You may have combination skin if:
- Only the center or t-zone area of your face is shiny, and your cheeks are dry.
- Your skin can feel oily in the summer and dry in the winter.
Ours recs for combination skin:
Oily skin tends to have larger pores throughout the entire face, including the cheek area. Because of this, it's sometimes referred to as having an "orange peel" appearance.
This skin type can look thick and tends to become easily congested with clogged pores and blackheads, and excess oil or shine.
- You become shiny shortly after cleansing.
- You have large pores all over your face.
Ours recs for oily skin: